ORC WK 5 The Clock is Ticking & The Pool Is Filling!


It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge! The clock is definitely ticking, and the countdown is on. Thankfully the pool is filling and we may make it on time! Big hopes for good weather ahead!


Howdy friends, week 5 recap is here! How does the time go by so quickly?!? We have been working almost nonstop on the DIY side and the experts have been working long hours to bring this little oasis to life. The pool looks COMPLETELY different and that’s a good thing!


Y’all big changes have happened this week! If you have been following me on Instagram stories or Facebook you know what I mean.

The pool has changed, the new tile is in and it’s purty. The plaster shimmers and the coping is clean and neat. The new decking is in process and should be complete in a day or two.


The artwork is coming along. The large piece for the outdoor kitchen is complete and I am thrilled with it. You wanna know what’s so great about it?

Oh, lots of things!

1. It’s massive

2. It’s waterproof

3. It’s scrubbable

4. It’s mildew resistant

5. I didn’t have to paint it

6. It cost me under $25

7. It’s a shower curtain!

Yep, you read that right! It’s a shower curtain on a simple pressure-treated frame.

The other artwork is still in the works – I’m getting closer. 🙂


The pizza oven cart was turned over to the hubs and our handyman friend and it’s almost finished.

The tiles are painted and sealed, the astroturf is in, and the new patio furniture is here.

That’s about all I can share for now… Please come back next week for the final reveal!

In the meantime, follow me over at Instagram and Facebook for a few more peeks!

The Pool and Outdoor Kitchen Renovation To-Do List-

Outdoor Kitchen

  • Replace counter
  • Shorten counter
  • Clean and restore grill
  • Replace sink and faucet
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint door and trim
  • Create artwork
  • Build Pizza oven cart
  • Wash limestone to blend with new granite
  • Build shutter for garage window
  • Add cabana valance


Small Patio

  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint trim and doors
  • Purchase outdoor furniture
  • Add Curtains and cabana valance
  • Paint round mirror
  • Create artwork


Pool Area

  • Update deck
  • Replace coping
  • Replace plaster
  • Replace tile
  • Paint planters
  • Add containers
  • Add Statuary (Concrete fish)
  • Add landscape


Backyard Entrance

  • Paint 45 18×18 concrete pavers
  • Install astroturf

Still, a whole lot to do! Please click here to see week 5 updates for the 20 featured designers and here for the 200 plus guest participants!

If you are just finding me – welcome! I am so glad you are here! Thank you for taking the time to read this journey and if you would like to catch up on this challenge… just click the weeks below!

Week1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

I am so very grateful to have the support and partnership of these fantastic businesses for this One Room Challenge round.

Till Later Sweet friends – “just keep swimming, just keep swimming“…it’s in your head now. 😉






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  1. Can’t wait to see it! Your tile is so pretty! We’ve had some nice weather lately and I can’t wait to hop in my pool. I’m sure you feel the same. 🙂

  2. Joy, I’m so happy to see all the amazing progress you’ve made in the last week! That shower curtain artwork is ingenious! Pool is looking spectacular. Oooh, can’t wait to see reveal next week. I love outdoor makeovers! Xo, Tee

    1. Thank you Tee! My son came home from school and thought I had painted it,lol. Why didn’t I think of this before?! It would have saved so much time. ?

  3. Holy cow, Joy! You are a genius. Love, love, love what you’ve shared this week. Can’t wait to come over for that post-challenge party. LOL… ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! Lol I’m going to remind myself that you said I was genius cause right now I feel brain dead ?.Ha!

    1. I keep saying…”what was I thinking?” Lol but it will be a happy spot once completed! Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Wow you’ve made a lot of progress! I’m in love with the bower curtain art! That was such a great idea!

  5. I’m really looking forward to the reveal as we need to do something about our pool decking too so I’ll be checking back in for inspiration to use in our pool area !

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